The book takes an unexpected -by me at least- turn compared to the first two in the series. Katniss and Peeta are no longer in the arena but -in the fThe book takes an unexpected -by me at least- turn compared to the first two in the series. Katniss and Peeta are no longer in the arena but -in the first part of the book- separated and they're back together it's not like it was before.
This was quite an emotional read for me because Collins isn't afraid to take some risks. No vampire babies here, but characters that have suffered so much they're not sure they can take it anymore. The effects of war are so immense and lasting that people barely even dare to hope at something better.
It may not be perfect but I think it's a superb achievement by Collins.
So stop whining about the whole Peeta/Gale thing! ...more
I liked it but I didn't LOVE it. My problems mostly came from the how it works as a dystopia. Paolo Bacigalupi (who wrote the YA dystopian: S3,5 stars
I liked it but I didn't LOVE it. My problems mostly came from the how it works as a dystopia. Paolo Bacigalupi (who wrote the YA dystopian: Ship Breaker) says it a lot better than I ever will. "Dystopias should be insurgent. They should force readers to question who they are, what their society is like, and what they take for granted. A good dystopia will illuminate the horrors right before our eyes, and one can hope that if it does its job well, it will create empathy and humanity in world that is sorely lacking." So while they've got the horror part locked down -never feeling too much- it doesn't deliver on critisism on society. Why is love dangerous? I mean sometimes it really sucks but it isn't a threat. Mysogony, misandrie, dicrimination, homophobia, racism are just one of the few problems that society faces today. Loving people to much and going crazy isn't one of them.
Regardless I mostly enjoyed this book because it felt like an ode to Love. And I love Love :P I may be a sarcastic, cynical person but also a total sucker for romance and everything that goes along with it. A few of my favorite poems by Romantic poets were mentioned like "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' by Shakespeare and 'How do I love thee, let me count the ways' by Elizabeth Barett Browning.
I liked Lena and her actions were understandable regarding her circumstances. Oliver writes feelings very well and I like the writing a lot. I would still recommend it. It works good as a teenage romance but a lot less as a critisism of today's society and without all it's machinations that make dystopias so great.
The sequel, Pandemonium , is up next week because it ended with a terrible cliffhanger (why must writers do this?).